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David Hockney

(England 09 Jul 1937 – )

The diploma
Media category
Materials used
colour etching

40.3 x 28.0 cm platemark; 56.9 x 39.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. sheet, pencil "David Hockney 62".
Gift of Frank McDonald 1964
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

David Hockney studied at the Royal College of Art from 1959 to 1962, one of a group of artists including R.B. Kitaj, Allen Jones and Patrick Caulfield, who were heralded by the press as the young stars of British Pop Art. Hockney said that he took up printmaking at the Royal College because it was the one department where you got the materials given to you; his first etchings date from 1961, and he was awarded a prize for etching in the same year. In 1962 he was threatened with not getting his diploma, as he had not compiled with the requirements of the College's General Studies Department, so he etched his own diploma.

'The diploma' shows the figures of Sir Robin Darwin, Principal of the Royal College and Michael Kullman of the General Studies Department. Bellow the frame are fine fellow students with their heads bowed and the foot of the Principal.

Bibliography (1)

Peter Raissis, Whistler to Freud: Etchings in Great Britain, Sydney, 2001. 51

Exhibition history (2)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1964, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Mar 1965–04 Apr 1965

Whistler to Freud: etching in Great Britain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Aug 2001–11 Nov 2001